Harbin, China, has banned 49 “dangerous” breeds (and imposed a size limit on top of that). Harbin is the 10th most populated city in China, with a population of over 10 million. The new ban has the potential to make tens of thousands of beloved pet dogs homeless. Although the government says that they will relocate the banned dogs outside of the city, not kill them, it’s not exactly clear how they intend to accomplish such a goal. How are they going to find enough homes to adopt so many dogs?
The banned breeds are (sorry, rough translations): Tibetan Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Argentine Dogo dogs Brazilian non-pull dogs, Japanese Tosa, Asian shepherd, the Chuandong dogs, the Soviet Union Collie, German Shepherd, Bull Terrier, English Mastiff, Cane Corso, Italy, Great Dane, the Russian Caucasus, Italian twist Bolivarian Dayton, Stavros, the Afghan hound, the Boeing dogs, Weimaraner, the Bloodhound, the Ba Xianji dog, English Bulldog, Akita, Newfoundland dogs, Kerry Blue Terrier, Chinese pastoral dogs, the Soviet Red Dog, Kunming Dog, Doberman , Belgian shepherd, Rottweiler, large wheat-cho, dog, St. Bernard dog, the Great Pyrenees Sheepdog Irish shepherd dog Shaq, Greyhound, Australian Shepherd, Flanders Collie Netherlands gross lion dog, Bird Terrier Alaska dog, Husky, Golden Retriever dogs, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Labrador, snow dogs.
Harbin ban on big dogs stirs up howls of protest
Updated: 2012-04-19 08:12
By Tian Xuefei and Zhou Huiying in Harbin (China Daily)
Under a new regulation, dogs taller than 50 cm, longer than 70 cm or on a list of 49 breeds considered “dangerous” will be banned from downtown Harbin.
[…] According to the regulation, local residents must resettle their large and dangerous dogs between April 1 and Oct 31. After that, police will remove any large dogs from the downtown area. […]
“After Nov 1, we will establish a place where we can put the large dogs, but we will not kill any of them. We will call on organizations and people outside the city to adopt them,” said Han Zhi, vice-director of Harbin public security bureau, at a Wednesday news conference.
Though the online rumor that the dogs would be killed was denied, many said they still found it difficult to accept that many docile dogs, including Labradors, Samoyeds and golden retrievers, were on the list.
“When the one-dog policy was published, I never thought that these breeds would be included,” said Zhao Boshi, an owner of a 4-year-old golden retriever named Nike. […]
A report by Harbin Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that dogs bit 1,300 people during the first two months of this year. Fear of dogs, especially large ones, makes some of the non-dog owners support the regulation. […]
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